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Old September 12th, 2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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Front Brake Pads

Do the front brake pads have a wear indicator marker?

I've got about 6K miles on my 1198S and I'm doing a track day coming up in the end of sept and wondering if i need to replace the brake pads or not.

I don't see any wear markers. There's about 4mm of pad left.

The service manual is vague at best:
Checking front brake pad wear.
Look through the slot between the callipers to make sure the groove in the brake pad friction material (1) is still visible.

I'm guessing with 6k miles i should just go ahead and replace the pads?
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Old September 12th, 2010, 07:42 PM   #2
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here's a pic of the pads.

Ok, here's a pic of the pads. it looks like i have a ways to go but i don't have a reference point against new pads.
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Old September 12th, 2010, 07:55 PM   #3
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Look great Bud. Have fun at your trackday.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 07:29 AM   #4
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stimac is absolutely right, your pads look like they have plenty of life left in them. if i may make an observation though. not sure what pad you're using but my stock ducati pads were ass. first time at a trackday on my 1098 proved that they were great for street use but not up for the heat generated from a circuit day. if you're aggressive i strongly suggest you play polite until you find out if 1198 pads are the same. sorry, i'm not in a position to make a suggestion on a better pad as i run a japanese pad made by ZYCOO(i live in japan) but maybe stimac or someone else could offer a suggestion for good pads in the states. at any rate, good luck and have fun at the track!
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Old September 13th, 2010, 09:20 AM   #5
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yeah, that's why i was query-ing the list for input as the search on here brought up some posts about how shitty the 1198 pads are and upon checking my pads it looked like a lot of life left in the pads at 6K miles. I bought the bike with 3K miles on it tho' so possibly they were swapped out before it was sold to me.


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stimac is absolutely right, your pads look like they have plenty of life left in them. if i may make an observation though. not sure what pad you're using but my stock ducati pads were ass. first time at a trackday on my 1098 proved that they were great for street use but not up for the heat generated from a circuit day. if you're aggressive i strongly suggest you play polite until you find out if 1198 pads are the same. sorry, i'm not in a position to make a suggestion on a better pad as i run a japanese pad made by ZYCOO(i live in japan) but maybe stimac or someone else could offer a suggestion for good pads in the states. at any rate, good luck and have fun at the track!
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Old September 13th, 2010, 09:48 AM   #6
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I loved my stock pads on my 07 1098. They lasted 6000 street miles and 10 trackdays. Ran them till there was nothing left of them.
I now run EBC HH. Feal much like the stock ones. Have 3 races and a trackday on them.

If you dont like he stock ones, send them to me and I will give them a go.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 02:45 PM   #7
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I loved my stock pads on my 07 1098. They lasted 6000 street miles and 10 trackdays.

WTF! 10 trackdays! this must really be a testament to how bad a rider i am. might be time for me to go back to the video and see what the hell i'm doing wrong. i ran my stock pads for two 30min sessions at Tsukuba before they got swapped out! back to the drawing board i guess.

well mator, i would take stimacs advice as he seems to be a credible source here on the forum. i'm still new to ducati altogether so i'm sure he would know better than me. where is your trackday at?
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Old September 13th, 2010, 04:17 PM   #8
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WTF! 10 trackdays! this must really be a testament to how bad a rider i am. might be time for me to go back to the video and see what the hell i'm doing wrong. i ran my stock pads for two 30min sessions at Tsukuba before they got swapped out! back to the drawing board i guess.

well mator, i would take stimacs advice as he seems to be a credible source here on the forum. i'm still new to ducati altogether so i'm sure he would know better than me. where is your trackday at?
Naw man. If your using more break, than your going faster. Is the old 1098 pad the same as the 1198 pad?

Now the back pads only lasted me 1/2 that. But I ride with my foot on it. Old MX guy here.
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Is the old 1098 pad the same as the 1198 pad?
that seems to be the burning question of the day. i'll ask my local mechanic and see what his take on it is. as far as me and the rear brake go i can say with all honesty that my rear is the same one that came on the bike in '08, i NEVER use the thing. i came from a GSXR so i LOVE the fact that my clutch is now the rear brake! lol one of the many reasons to love Ducati! i don't think the clutch agrees though
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When my stock 848 pads had the biscuit I changed over to the EBC HH and found them to have better feel and grab. Not huge but some and that's what I wanted. I'm on my 2nd set of EBC but I'm also over 50,000K on the bike.
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